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High-Quality Early Learning Settings Depend on a High-Quality Workforce

Low Wages and Lack of Pay Parity Undermine Quality

Despite the importance of high quality settings to healthy child development and school readiness, many early learning workers earn low wages -- even when they obtain credentials and attain higher levels of education.

Low wages and lack of wage parity across early learning settings undermines the quality of early learning programs.

Read the newest report by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education for a more in-depth look at wage parity for the early childhood education workforce.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 1 Year data (2014), U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics (2015); Head Start Program Information Report (2015).

Last Reviewed: June 14, 2016

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